Sentences Handed Down In Abuse Cases
Palo Alto County District Court Judge Don E. Courtney handed down a pair of prison sentences in a pair of abuse cases late last week. According to the Palo Alto County Attorney’s Office, prison sentences were handed out to Timothy Scott Schultz and Rodney R. DeMoss, Jr., during separate sentencings on Friday, Feb. 5.
Timothy Scott Schultz entered a plea of guilty to charges of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony, as well as charges of Tampering With Witnesses, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. As a result of the guilty pleas, Schultz was sentenced to serve a term not to exceed 10 years in the custody of the Iowa Department of Corrections, with credit for time served in jail from August 29, 2009, through the date of sentencing on the Sexual Abuse charge. Additionally, Schultz was ordered to pay full restitution and reimbursement for the costs of medical treatment while in custody. He was also ordered to repay any court-appointed attorney fees and sheriff’s fees, as well as the victim compensation fund.
Schultz was also placed in a no-contact order with his four victims and their families.
On the charge of Tampering with Witnesses, Schultz was sentenced to serve a term of incarceration not to exceed two years for his plea of guilty, which was ordered to run concurrently with his sexual abuse sentence. Schultz will also be required to pay a civil penalty of $200 and register with the Sex Offender Registry, and will be on probation the remainder of his life following the completion of his jail sentence.
Schultz was accused of portraying himself as a single 19-year old college student who sexually abused and then threatened younger girls using text messages and in-person meetings. At the time of these incidents, Schultz was 26 years of age, married and the father of three children. It is alleged that he would also provide alcohol to the under aged girls.
One of the victims notified authorities, who began an investigation, which included seizure of Schultz’s telephone carrier’s records of his text messages to the young women, aged 14, 15 and 16. As the result of their investigation, authorities arrested Schultz on August 29, 2009, placing him in the Palo Alto County Jail. Schultz entered guilty pleas to the charges against him on Dec. 1, 2009.
During the sentencing hearing on Feb. 5, the victims and their families addressed the Court and Schultz. A pre-sentence investigation revealed that Schultz was previously incarcerated for forgery and theft in Plymouth County, as well as charges of domestic abuse and escape from the Sioux County Jail.
In the second case, Rodney R. DeMoss, Jr., entered a plea of guilty to charges of two counts of Lascivious Acts with a Child, Class C Felonies. The pleas came following a trial that began on Dec. 15 in the Palo Alto County District Court. DeMoss entered his pleas of guilty on Dec. 16. As a result of the pleas, DeMoss was sentenced to serve two terms of imprisonment not to exceed 10 years on each of the counts, for a total of 20 years, with the sentences to be served consecutively, rather than concurrently. He is to be credited for time served in jail from Oct. 13, 2009, through the date of sentencing on the charges. He was also ordered to repay any court-appointed attorney fees and sheriff’s fees, as well as the victim compensation fund. DeMoss was also placed in a no-contact order with his three victims and their families.
DeMoss will also be required to pay a civil penalty of $200 on each count and register with the Sex Offender Registry, and will be on probation the remainder of his life following the completion of his incarceration.
Rodney R. DeMoss, Jr., was accused of taking three 10-year old boys on an overnight camping, swimming and fishing trip June 27-28, 2009, in which inappropriate touching is alleged to have taken place. Upon their return home from the outing, the young boys reported what had occurred. Investigators from the Emmetsburg Police Department and Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the boys along with the Iowa Department of Human Services. DeMoss was arrested the same night and has been incarcerated since that time.
Following his guilty plea, a sentencing hearing was held Friday, Feb. 5, when the young boys and their families addressed the Court and DeMoss. A request was made by the families for the maximum sentencing for DeMoss and officials of the Department of Corrections reported that DeMoss had been involved in similar child abuse since 1997 with numerous other children
“The Palo Alto County Attorney’s Office is grateful to the brave children who testified against DeMoss,” noted Palo Alto County Attorney Peter C. Hart. “The support of their families and the prompt interview process of the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Deputies and Emmetsburg Police Officers, together with year of expertise from the Iowa Department of Human Services child abuse investigators, all contributed to the successful prosecution and incarceration of these defendants.”